It appears the Fusion Garage Grid 10 tablet is getting a price cut before it even hits the market.
The 10-inch tablet was originally priced at $499 and $599 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model and the 32GB Wi-Fi and 3G version, respectively. Yet this morning pre-order rates dropped $200, making the tablets $299 and $399.
According to the report, a Fusion Garage spokesperson said the company planned to launch with a lower price, but negotiations with an ODM made it difficult to announce the low price earlier. In addition to a price drop, the Grid 10 will be delayed. Originally slated for a Sept. 15 launch, the Grid 10 will not ship until Oct. 1 due to a new approval process for Adobe Flash Player 10.3.
This is the second attempt at a tablet from Fusion Garage, which initially dipped into the tabletshpere with the inadequate Jo-Joo tablet. The company promises an entirely new operating system with Grid OS, which is built off the Android kernel. The tablet will be powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and feature a 1.3MP front-facing camera, a microSD slot and Bluetooth 2.1 support.
In addition, the Grid 10 will don Bing integration for search and support third-party Android apps, though the tablet will not have access to the Android Market. Instead the slate will run apps from the Amazon Appstore for Android as well as Fusion Garage’s own Grid Shop.